Lauren Conrad and Hannah Skvarla have been working with artisans from around the world since 2013 when they first launched The Little Market, a nonprofit with the goal of supporting dignified job opportunities for women in marginalized communities and sharing its handmade goods with a larger audience. You can visit The Little Market's website to source beautiful, unique homewares and accessories, knowing that your purchase is empowering artisans around the globe. Now, the brand is bringing its online platform to life with its very first brick-and-mortar store in the Los Angeles neighborhood of the Pacific Palisades.
Conrad and Skvarla have always dreamt of having a physical storefront for The Little Market. "With handmade goods, it makes a world of difference when you touch and feel the unique pieces. You can appreciate the intricate details in person," Skvarla tells MyDomaine. She and Conrad worked with interior design firm Studio Lifestyle to bring their vision to life. "Our brand aesthetic is minimalistic and simple, so we knew we wanted the store to mirror that," says Conrad. "With a sophisticated and clean layout, the product and powerful artisan stories can be at the forefront," she continues.
Along with a minimalistic design style, the business partners and longtime friends also wanted to display the handmade pieces in a way that felt as if they were already in a home, according to Skvarla. Inside, shelves and cabinetry showcase products naturally, so shoppers can get a sense of what they would look like in their own homes.
"We would love to welcome shoppers into the store and convey the beauty of handmade, fair-trade products," explains Conrad. "We want them to feel like they can explore the store, ask questions about the story behind the product and understand artisan stories, and experience the nature of the handmade touch."
Take a tour of the brand-new storefront below and shop a few products from The Little Market along the way.